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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Indy is ready (and waiting) for rapid transitRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
A new survey demonstrates yet again that community leaders recognize it is time to fix traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce aggregate fuel use and enhance area accessibility. The study was taken last summer of 377 members of the Lacy Leadership Association, a group of local opinion leaders, by Walker Information, a local market research firm. More than 90 percent of survey respondents indicated that rapid transit is an important component of the solution to these problems. In addition, respondents...
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Speedway's windfall leads to speculation: Questions arise about possible new hotel, turn-two suite upgrades and acquisition of adjacent landRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's announcement this month that it would sell its stake in Chicagoland Speedway for $69 million has racing industry experts wondering if the famed Brickyard is planning an expansion. "There are a number of things [IMS President] Tony George could use that money for," said Dennis McAlpine, a New York-based financial analyst covering motorsports and entertainment. "That's not to say he's hurting for cash, but I believe he has projects on his plate." IMS and Daytona Beach,...
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SPORTS: Glimmers of hope give Painter a long honeymoonRestricted Content

November 13, 2006
Bill Benner
In terms of a transition game, Purdue University's Matt Painter hasn't yet been able to get out on the figurative fast break. First, there was the year he spent as associate head coach during Gene Keady's long goodbye, when the Boilers struggled to a woeful 7-21 mark. Then, last season, when Painter assumed full control of the Boilermakers, injuries and suspensions factored heavily into a 9-19 record and a last-place, 3-13 finish in the Big Ten. And this year? With...
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Massive hotel project could advance without city help: Redevelopment would be on a smaller scaleRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Cory Schouten
Land near Victory Field could get hundreds of additional hotel rooms even if the developers that control the site don't receive city incentives they're seeking for a huge convention hotel project. Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. and Indianapolis-based REI Real Estate Services are asking the city to invest $45 million to $55 million toward a $250 million campus of hotels on land that's now home to a 235-room Courtyard by Marriott and a TGI Friday's. If they don't win the...
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SPORTS: IU's Sampson prepares for his toughest audienceRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Bill Benner
CHICAGO-Yes, Kelvin Sampson has the job. It's been his since March. Nonetheless, the audition begins next week in Conseco Fieldhouse, when his IU Hoosiers basketball team opens the preseason NIT against Lafayette. Sampson will need to be into multi-tasking. Coach his team. Rise to stratospheric expectations. Restore reputations. Quiet the critics who can't get over the fact that he arrived with baggage that included more than his clothes. And, just win, baby. That will take care of virtually all of...
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Lucas Oil launches high-end motorcycle biz in IndyRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Little known in this market less than a year ago, Lucas Oil Products is roaring into town with its first brick-and-mortar operation. Founder Forrest Lucas has set up a sister company, Lucas Cycles, to make fancy, fuel-injected motorcycles.
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SPORTS: Football triple-header has its highs and lowsRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Bill Benner
There's nothing better than Friday night at a high school football game. Unless it's Saturday afternoon at a college football game (even if it is Indiana University). Or Sunday afternoon at an NFL game. Then again, how about all the above on an idyllic late-summer weekend? So, my wife, Sherry, and I set out for a tripleheader gridiron adventure. And before I proceed, let me say it's terrific to have a bride who will happily endure three football games in...
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Preparation is key to surviving disasters of all kinds: Financial experts offer tips to keep your records safe in emergenciesRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Tracy Donhardt
Last year's hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region brought to light how easily and quickly personal financial records can be lost or destroyed in a catastrophe. While hurricanes aren't likely to hit Indiana, tornadoes, fires and floods are always a possibility, as are crimes such as theft, vandalism and identity theft. Financial planners emphasize that it's important to keep records safe from various disasters that can hit without warning. In fact, they say, it's good to have a plan...
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SPORTS Bill Benner: Little-noticed Horizon League prospers and growsRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Bill Benner
SPORTS Little-noticed Horizon League prospers and grows From his fifth-floor office in Pan Am Plaza, Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone has a view of the Indianapolis skyline. His only wish is that the city would look back. Not at him. At his nine-member league, which will grow to 10 next July when upstate Valparaiso joins Butler in the league's Indiana contingent. Alas, it's a prime example of good news making no news. Or of the media, local and otherwise, determining...
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RCA Championships secures ATP support: Local tournament working on TV, sponsorship dealsRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
In the wake of rumors that a mini offseason for players could interrupt the RCA Championships' calendar slot, the ATP-the association representing men's professionals tennis players-has come out in strong support of the local tournament. "There's no uncertainty about the future of this tournament from the ATP's perspective," said Mark V. Young, ATP's CEO for the Americas. Young confirmed that ATP officials, who set the men's professional calendar, have discussed shortening the schedule at the behest of players, who claim...
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DIFFERENT TAKES: IS IT IMPORTANT FOR COMPANIES TO STAY LOCAL?Restricted Content

September 18, 2006
Mergers not only good for investors Keeping local roots is high priority DIFFERENT TAKES IS IT IMPORTANT FOR COMPANIES TO STAY LOCAL? When entrepreneurs or investors start companies, they do so with a goal in mind. That goal might be to create jobs, create value for investors or shareholders, develop local talent, build long-term capabilities for the company and the state's economy, produce a profit, or all of these. Chances of success rise as we embrace the idea of an...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Does the economy care who wins in November?Restricted Content

September 18, 2006
Patrick Barkey
If you ever visit Indiana's past through the eyes of our state's excellent historians, you uncover many amazing facts. To me, one of the most remarkable is this: In the 19th century, before the age of the automobile, mass communication and high school basketball, the voter turnout among Hoosiers in national elections approached, and sometimes surpassed, 90 percent. When you think about the sacrifice it took to get to a polling place in those days, that's an incredible achievement. Of...
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TOM HARTON Commentary: Crime takes indirect swipe at the artsRestricted Content

September 11, 2006
In Indianapolis, when the crime rate goes up or kids' test scores go down, it's not uncommon for people to point the finger at publicly funded sports facilities. "Our priorities are screwed up," observers opine. "We spend too much money on these playgrounds for the rich, and not enough on cops, courts and public education." The sports establishment here has been batting away this criticism for years. It goes with the territory in a city where sports is an important...
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BEHIND THE NEWS GREG ANDREWS gandrews@ibj.com: With Finish Line stumbling, analysts weigh sale, LBORestricted Content

September 11, 2006
Finish Line Inc.'s fortunes have dimmed so dramatically in recent months that analysts are raising a range of ideas that once seemed farfetched to boost the slumping stock. Among them: taking the company private through a leveraged buyout, or selling it to a larger retailer. The athletic-shoe industry is abuzz that an LBO for Finish Line's struggling rival, New York-based Foot Locker Inc., is already afoot. That company last month hired a financial adviser, just weeks after Women's Wear Daily...
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Fox Sports Midwest rebrands, unveils new plan: Local broadcasters will feel heat if strategy worksRestricted Content

September 11, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Fox Sports Midwest-which is in the process of rebranding to Fox Sports Indiana in this market-is serving notice it intends to be the television network of choice when it comes to local sports. Shortly after wrestling part of the Indiana Pacers broadcast rights from WTTV-TV Channel 4, officials for St. Louis-based Fox Sports Midwest unveiled a plan that entails significant upgrades to its local sports programming, including adding professional, collegiate and high school sports of all sorts as well as...
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BRIAN WILLIAMS Commentary: Downtown needs a grand, artful facilityRestricted Content

September 11, 2006
On Sept. 1, 45 competitors from nearly 20 countries arrived for the seventh quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Through the middle of September at venues around the city, these talented men and women will compete for one of the richest artistic prizes in the world. In a few short months, the American Pianists Association will undertake its biennial competition for the Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship. Again, a cadre of some of the instrument's most accomplished American performers will come...
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SPORTS: Are security searches all we retained from 9/11?Restricted Content

September 11, 2006
Bill Benner
I pulled up the column I wrote five years ago this week. It was published five days after 9/11. This is how it began: "When you have a tragedy of such immense proportions as the one visited on America last week, it renders the world of sport to the status of the trivial, the trite, the absolutely, totally inconsequential." But I also expressed the belief that it would be sport that would aid us in our recovery. "Yet as meaningless...
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Colts plan to let sponsors decorate portions of stadiumRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Colts are giving sponsors a chance to help design the interior of Lucas Oil Stadium. The newly announced sponsorship packages, which parcel out naming and design rights for 12 parts of the stadium, are expected to generate up to $10 million a year for the franchise.
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NFL Combine is likely here to stay: Organizing firm moves headquarters to IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Local officials have lured another sports-related company here and taken a huge step in assuring the NFL Scouting Combine stays in the city long term. National Football Scouting and sister company National Invitational Camp, which operates the Combine for NFL team owners, moved its headquarters in August from Tulsa, Okla., to Indianapolis. NFS and NIC moved into the Pan Am Plaza office building, across the street from the RCA Dome, where it has held the Combine since 1987. NFS also...
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SPORTS: This sports writer's open letter to Jim Irsay ...Restricted Content

September 4, 2006
Bill Benner
Well, here we go again. Another season of high hopes for your Indianapolis Colts or, as many consider them, "our" Indianapolis Colts. They feel we're all in this together. That includes you, the folks you've assembled there on West 56th Street, and everybody here in the local universe who supports the product by buying tickets, leasing suites, purchasing gear, being a sponsor, providing copious coverage, or simply being a fan in front of the TV. Yes, at the end of...
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Pepsi considering mammoth warehouse on west side: Sources say firm's been scouting sites since springRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
A firm representing PepsiCo Inc. has been scouting sites on Indianapolis' west side for a mammoth warehouse and distribution facility, and sources said the beverage giant is leaning toward a site near its Gatorade bottling plant. Local real estate brokers said Chris Clayton, a broker with the Cleveland office of Dallas-based Staubach Co., visited sites and put out a request for proposals for the project in early April, calling for 1 million square feet of industrial space with the possibility...
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Racing toward a new type of learning center: Decatur, Panther team up on educational facilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2006
Scott Olson
Mention a career in motorsports to most youngsters and they imagine whizzing around the track like NASCAR's Tony Stewart or Sam Hornish Jr., points leader of the Indianapolis Racing League. But a partnership between Indianapolisbased Panther Racing LLC and Decatur Township Schools wants to introduce students to more practical professions within the sport by providing the resources in a hands-on learning environment. The result is the Panther Education Center, set to open next fall near the racing team's headquarters at...
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SPORTS: Behind the 'rock': Confessions of an IU football fanRestricted Content

August 28, 2006
Bill Benner
Ah, it's almost that time again. For the pomp. The pageantry. The Bloody Marys and brats in the parking lot. There are few things I look forward to more than college football season. And that would include Indiana University's season. Especially IU's season, in fact. File it under perverse pleasure. Somehow, I find ecstasy in the continuing agony of IU football. Time and again you get punched in the gut only to respond, "Sir, can I have another?" It's easy...
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SPORTS: A grim look at what the city's future could holdRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Bill Benner
I was having a fitful time trying to sleep. For some reason, the word "priorities" kept running through my mind. Then, suddenly, I felt as if I were awake, standing in downtown Indianapolis. I caught site of a calendar in a storefront window. I blinked and shook my head. It read August 2026, but the city didn't look 20 years more modern. If anything, it looked 20 years older. It was as if time had passed by the Indy I...
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New Sports Corp. boss adjusting game planRestricted Content

August 14, 2006
Anthony Schoettle
Tom King thinks its time to run the not-for-profit Indiana Sports Corp. with a for-profit mind-set, a change that could radically alter the organization credited with implementing the city's amateur sports strategy.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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